TruLink Wireless HD Kit Review – Transmit 1080p HDTV & Gaming Content Wirelessly!Written by John Thompson on February 6, 2011 · Filed under Review, Tech
Take a second to look around you. How many devices are connected to your TV right now? Four? Five?
It’s easy to get lost in the mess that surrounds our devices, and with so many peripherals connected to our TVs you could be dealing with a serious spaghetti junction problem before you know it.
The only problem is, achieving a truly neat, cable free (or cable hidden) experience is tough; you can’t just start drilling holes everywhere y’know, you’ll lose track of everything in no time. Want a better solution? The TruLink Wireless HD Kit may just tickle your fancy…
What you’re looking at here is a device, or technically two devices, that are able to transmit 1080p video content from one source to another, so that you don’t need to have that blu-ray player, Xbox 360 or your Playstation 3, directly connected to your TV anymore – you can just replace it with one small box.
Setting up the Wireless HD Kit is a simple, pain free process for the most part. Each receiver has to be connected to a plug socket, and simply contains a HDMI port for your tech to plug in to. Connect the receiver unit to your TV, along with the power source, and you have a wireless streaming setup ready to be used!
When testing the range of the kit, I found results to be good as long as the two units were kept within the same room as each other. When walls and other obstacles were pitted against the wireless signal, the results were less desirable. Still, the units did a good job of hiding the mess of my PS3 from the TV. I placed the unit in a cupboard on the other side of my living room, and the signal was sent fine, without any hiccups.
Being somewhat of a videophile (and an audiophile too, for that matter), I was concerned about the quality of the image being transmitted through the receiver at the same time as the audio streams; after all, I was sending a 1080p image complete with 5.1 surround sound to a TV over the air.
All things considered, video quality was more than acceptable considering that this is a wireless solution. Don’t expect a perfect pixel for pixel image here, we aren’t quite there yet, but aside from a few distortions when handling high frame rates along with the audio tracks, the gameplay was perfect for me.
Curious as to how the finer details of a regular TV setup would look, I set up a second TV to receive a signal from the Sky HD box that’s in the living room. All the menus looked great, and the fine details were all present and looked really sharp. Essentially, unless you’re sitting a foot away from your 50″ TV, you probably won’t notice much difference between using the Wireless HD Kit and by connecting through a physical HDMI cable.
If you’re looking to get this kind of wireless HD setup of your own, you can pick up the TruLink Wireless HD Kit from various retailers, although it’ll set you back more than you may like. MondoTech currently stock the unit for around £266 or around £200 on Amazon, but if you want freedom from your cables, this may be a product worth taking a look at.